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Oscar’s Best Animated Motion Pictures — and one that was overlooked

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We here at BookTrib are huge fans of Designer Daddy (a.k.a. Brent Almond) who graces our site with his knowledge of popular culture and blogs about (among other things) his preschooler, superheroes and the adventures of parenting. One of the pleasures of Brett’s work is his “Super Lunch Notes,” the colorful and wonderfully geeky slips of paper he sneaks into his kid’s lunch before he heads off to school. And these notes aren’t just “Have a nice day,” or “I’m so proud of you!” These are notes full of fun, flair and all the magic today’s magical pop culture renaissance. Recently, Almond was kind enough to share with us some of his latest Super Lunch Notes, which are based on…

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Generations of brick heads bond over LEGO

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It’s all about endless possibilities. That’s what makes LEGO, those interlocking bits of plastic, so special. According to The LEGO Group’s marketing materials, there are 915 million ways to combine six LEGO bricks of the same color. Kudos to whoever figured THAT out. LEGO bricks have been around for generations, yet they are bigger than ever. And 2014 was truly a watershed year for LEGO, as The LEGO Group surpassed Mattel to become the largest toy manufacturer in the world, and The LEGO Movie was released to critical acclaim, grossing more than $468 million worldwide. LEGO has also demonstrated a remarkable ability to cross-market and evolve. If you hadn’t noticed, today’s LEGO toys aren’t the ones you probably played with…

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10 Pop culture things to be thankful for this year

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Thanksgiving is this week and most of us will spend the next few days stuffing our faces, watching football, and trying to avoid that weird great aunt who’s always asking about your love life. But this is also the holiday where we have a chance to look back over the past year and reflect on what we’re thankful for. Sure, that list includes family and friends and all that, but what about those pop culture moments that we still can’t stop obsessing over? From marriages to movies, here are 10 pop culture things to be thankful for this year: 1. Jamie’s Abs Some of us have been waiting years, and I mean years, for Outlander to make it to the…

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